Having pulled off yet another major upset by beating Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace now have the chance to decide the fate of the Premier League title at home to Spurs on Wednesday night.
After picking up a woeful four points from his first eight games in charge, Allardyce’s methods are now paying off in a big way; with the last eight Premier League games genererating six wins, one draw and one defeat. Indeed, after looking dead and buried in mid-February, Palace’s tally of 38 points will almost certainly be enough to secure the club’s top flight status for another year, giving the manager and his players every reason to head into Wednesday night’s tie with a spring in their step.
At the other end of the table, Spurs remain the only team within touching distance of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, leaving Mauricio Pochettino and his players to cross their fingers and pray that Southampton (who have nothing left to play for whatsoever) can pull off a massive upset by pilfering all three points from under the Blues’ noses at Stamford Bridge this evening. If I was a betting man, I would suggest that there’s little to no chance of such a result occurring but if we’ve taught the world of football anything ourselves in recent weeks, it is to expect the unexpected.
Should Claude Puel’s players do the business on the Kings Road this evening, the eyes of the nation will shift intently to events in SE25 tomorrow night, keen to see if Big Sam can douse the flames of Tottenham’s title bid. Whilst our current form may well scare a sizeable chunk of the travelling support, circumstances from our end appear to dictate that the visitors may be in for a rather easier ride than many of their compatriots have endured in recent weeks.
You can be certain that the Palace boss will have prepared the team in infinite detail for Spurs’ arrival but as I’m sure you’ll agree, the quotes he has given in the article attached above do offer some real hope for Tottenham.